Yacht Sirena III dragging its anchor

Friday 1 July 2016

Location: Restronguet Creek

Weather: WSW 5, Slight Sea and No Swell, Good Visibility, Sunny Periods with Showers

Inshore lifeboat (Launched 15:45 / Returned 17:03) – Diane Bush (Helmsman), Claire Angove, Jamie Connoly

Details:

At 15:38 Falmouth Coastguard requested that Falmouth Inshore Lifeboat be launched following reports that the 9m yacht Sirena III was dragging its anchor in the Restronguet Creek and was in danger of going ashore. The Falmouth Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team was also tasked to assist.

The Inshore Lifeboat launched from her slipway at 15:45 and arrived on scene in the creek at 15:55. The yacht was located alongside a pontoon on the Feock side of the creek, following the intervention of members of the public who had managed to secure it. The yacht was found to be unmanned so a search was commenced of the creek by the Inshore Lifeboat and the Cliff Rescue Team to locate the owner, as there were concerns that they may have fallen into the water. At 16:15 the owner was located safe and well so the Inshore Lifeboat helped recover the yacht from the pontoon and towed it out into the creek where it was re-anchored. Having completed this task at 16:45 the Inshore Lifeboat was released to return to its station.

The Inshore Lifeboat was recovered onto its slipway at 17:03 where the lifeboat was refuelled and made ready for service by 17:19.

The owner of the yacht had been ashore when his vessel had started to drag its anchor. As soon as he had become aware of the situation he had made his way back to the yacht. He was grateful for the assistance given by the public and the emergency services.